Remote code execution in Microsoft Internet Explorer

Published: 2018-08-14
Risk Critical
Patch available YES
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE ID CVE-2018-8373
Exploitation vector Network
Public exploit This vulnerability is being exploited in the wild.
Vulnerable software
Microsoft Internet Explorer
Client/Desktop applications / Web browsers

Vendor Microsoft

Security Advisory

This security advisory describes one critical risk vulnerability.

1) Use-after-free

Risk: Critical

CVSSv3: 9.2 [CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:R/S:C/C:H/I:H/A:H/E:H/RL:O/RC:C] [PCI]

CVE-ID: CVE-2018-8373

CWE-ID: CWE-416 - Use After Free

Exploit availability: No


The vulnerability allows a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on the target system.

The vulnerability exists due to a use-after-free error in VBScript when the scripting engine handles objects in memory in Internet Explorer. A remote unauthenticated attacker can trick the victim into visiting a specially crafted website, trigger memory corruption and execute arbitrary code with elevated privileges.

Successful exploitation of this vulnerability may result in complete compromise of vulnerable system.

Note: The vulnerability has been exploited in the wild.


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Vulnerable software versions

Microsoft Internet Explorer: 9, 10, 11

CPE External links

Q & A

Can this vulnerability be exploited remotely?

Yes. This vulnerability can be exploited by a remote non-authenticated attacker via the Internet.

How the attacker can exploit this vulnerability?

The attacker would have to trick the victim to visit a specially crafted website.

Is there known malware, which exploits this vulnerability?

Yes. This vulnerability is being exploited in the wild.